Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon – Review.

Book Description:


A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly.

Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers. All Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved.

Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep.

Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life. Margate will never be the same again. And neither will Konstantin…

Meet the enigmatic Konstantin, a man with a dark history and darker future in the start of a unique crime thriller series laced with a healthy dose of black humour. Pick up Russian Roulette to find out what all the fuss is about.  

My Review:

When you pick up a Keith Nixon book, you know that you’re guaranteed two things:

1) Intelligently concise, tight writing.
2) A hugely entertaining read.

Keith Nixon gives the reader a flashing glance into the world he introduced us to in his debut, The Fix, and treats us to another glimpse of his great creation, Konstantin. 

Keith’s irreverent, engaging writing style is perfectly paced for a novella featuring this character. Nixon’s sentence structure- short blasts of thoughts and deed- lend an urgency to the action and his story barrels along with not a whiff of fluff as a result.

Excellent work from Mr N, and in many ways superior to the source material, The Fix, which I loved also.

When I grow up, I want to write like Keith

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